Monthly Archives: August 2018

An image from Getty Images (top) showing Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, whose boat was seized by Myanmar’s navy as they began to flee. The same image (bottom) appears in the Myanmar army’s book describing Bengalis entering Myanmar.

Myanmar army fakes photos and history in sinister rewrite of Rohingya crisis

Propaganda unit’s 117-page book contains pictures purportedly taken in Rakhine state that are really from Tanzania and Bangladesh Reuters in Yangon Fri 31 Aug 2018 03.22 BST A new book on the Rohingya crisis written by Myanmar...
nother image shows a crowd of men who appear to be on a long march with their backs bent over.

Explainer: why the UN has found Myanmar’s military committed genocide against the Rohingya

The UN Human Rights Council released a new report last Monday, which calls last year’s violence against the Rohingya “genocide”. Released almost exactly a year after the start of devastating violence that drove 671,500 Rohingya...
Will the damning indictment of Myanmar’s military be enough to force the international community to act?

What Will the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s Report Mean for Rohingya?

Will the damning indictment of Myanmar’s military be enough to force the international community to act? For four decades, Rohingya refugees and exiles have been imploring the world to recognize that what is happening in...
Rohingya refugees wade while holding a child after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on Oct. 9, 2017. Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP via Getty Images

Asian Leaders Shy Away From Rohingya Crisis at Nepal Meeting

Leaders of India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and other Asian nations are gathering in Nepal today for a multilateral summit, but the most pressing regional issue didn’t even make it onto the agenda: The Rohingya crisis...
What is happening in Myanmar is genocide. Call it by its name.

What is happening in Myanmar is genocide. Call it by its name.

By Editorial Board THE TRUMP administration, Congress and most other Western governments have gingerly responded to the assault by Myanmar’s army on the country’s Rohingya minority, though it stands out as one of the most...
PHOTO: A Rohingya refugee bathes, as a girl waits to fill water from a hand pump at Kutupalong refugee camp, a ramshackle sprawl of camps built amid low rolling hills and endless monsoon-season mud, in Bangladesh, Aug. 22, 2018.

After damning UN report, US still not ready to designate Rohingya crisis ‘genocide’

    Three days after the United Nations released its report saying Myanmar's military had "genocidal intent" in its massacre last year of the Rohingya, the U.S. is still weighing whether to use the same term...
A group of Rohingya refugees are trapped behind a barbed wire fence in no man’s land along the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Aug. 27, 2018.

Bangladesh Ignores Myanmar, Delivers Aid to Rohingya Trapped in No Man’s Land

  The Bangladesh government is distributing aid to Rohingya refugees trapped in no man’s land along the country’s border with Myanmar, ignoring calls from Naypyidaw to cut off humanitarian supplies as a precondition for those...
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for accountability for the “horrendous persecution” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Tuesday, and Sweden and the Netherlands urged the Security Council to refer the crimes to the International Criminal Court

U.N. Chief Urges Accountability for Myanmar Genocide Crimes Against the Rohingya

(UNITED NATIONS) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for accountability for the “horrendous persecution” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Tuesday, and Sweden and the Netherlands urged the Security Council to refer the crimes to...

Cate Blanchett on Myanmar & Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Remarks by Ms. Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, on the situation in Myanmar during the 8333rd meeting of the Security Council. Actress and UN refugee agency goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett told the Security Council today...
The actress Cate Blanchett, a good-will ambassador for the United Nations’ refugee agency, spoke to the Security Council on Tuesday and offered a grim assessment of efforts to help Rohingya refugees who were driven from Myanmar.CreditCreditDominick Reuter/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Anguish at U.N., but No Action Plan, for Rohingya Atrocities

UNITED NATIONS — The leader of the United Nations, backed by ambassadors from major Western countries as well as the actress Cate Blanchett, called for action on Tuesday after an investigative report said Myanmar’s...
(L-R) Christopher Sidoti, Marzuki Darusman and Radhika Coomaraswamy, members of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar attend a news conference on the publication of its final written report at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 27, 2018. Reuters

UN calls for Myanmar generals to be tried for genocide, blames Facebook for incitement

  Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal intent", and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law, UN investigators said. A...
Facebook bans Myanmar military chief and says it was 'too slow' to act

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief and says it was ‘too slow’ to act

How controversy changed Facebook's mission Facebook has banned 20 organizations and individuals in Myanmar, including a senior military commander, from using its service and acknowledged that it was "too slow" to prevent the spread of...

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Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam talks with journalists at a Rohingya Camp in Teknaf of August 22, 2019. Photo: collected

No listed Rohingya expressed willingness to return, says Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam talks with journalists at a Rohingya Camp in Teknaf of August 22, 2019. Photo: collected Star Online...
Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

“I will kill … my entire family if I am forced to leave’: Panic...

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Plans for a second attempt at repatriating Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar have spread panic in the world’s largest refugee...
A Rohingya refugee carries a placard that says "We never return" at a protest against an earlier disputed repatriation programme at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf on November 15, 2018. (AFP)

Myanmar and Bangladesh to try repatriation again with 3,454 Rohingya

Myanmar authorities will accept up to 300 people a day in two camps for displaced people. The first attempt at voluntary refugee repatriation failed...
Rohingya refugee children take a ride on the back of a truck loaded with drinks during a monsoon rainfall at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on July 23, 2019. MUNIR UZ ZAMIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Myanmar Wants to Track Rohingya, Not Help Them

The U.N. is wrong to support national ID cards that could backfire on the persecuted minority. Papers matter for refugees. They get you across borders,...
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks Thai role as Asean chair

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks Thai role as Asean chair

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr AK Abdul Momen shakes hand with Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok on Thursday, August 1,...